[Listening] June 2020: Earth’s Second Warmest June

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The current year (2020) and the last year (2019) has been unusually hot, breaking the decades of temperature records across the globe. And the situation has continued in June 2020 as well.


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Source: The Weather Channel

According to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, last month, the global average temperature was 0.53°C warmer than the average June temperatures from 1981 to 2010. This figure makes June 2020 the second warmest June on record after June 2019, which recorded 0.54°C warmer temperatures.

The temperatures were _____(1 word missing) higher than average over most of the countries. However, northern India remained as a contrast with markedly below-average temperatures. For instance, Delhi’s average maximum temperature was 0.6°C below normal in June while the average minimum temperature was 1.2°C below the climatological mean for the month.

The unprecedented heatwave over the north polar region is said to be the _____(1 word missing) of record temperature in June 2020. Verkhoyansk—a Siberian small town located in the Arctic Circle recorded a whopping 38°C (100° F) on June 20, 2020, which is the highest temperature ever recorded in the polar region. However, it’s not just May and June; the entire 2020 has been unusually hot for the Siberian region.

Moreover, the data also suggests that the 12-month period ending June 2020 was 1.3°C warmer than the pre-industrial records. If the same trend continues, several _____(2 words missing) in human and natural systems will happen in the coming years. Records suggest that the Earth’s seven warmest years are all from the last decade (2010-2019) and the five warmest years have all occurred since 2015.

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